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Old 09-07-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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am making tt-33 wood grip. need feedback.

I have started making hardwood grip panels for the Zastava 7.62x25 m57 pistol. I will eventually do other countries and models, but for now I only have this Yugo to use for fitting grips.

Anyway, what I need is feedback as to what other people want to see as far as how these grips should be made.

I have some suggestions to start things off, but would really like to hear some interaction among the members here.
I posted pics on theakforum of two styles made of walnut but received no help. I'd post some pics here, but only have the Wii for internet access right now.
Some possibilities are,...
. standard flat panels like the originals,
. wood that follows the contour of the edge of the frame as to cover the holes left after removal of the import safety and/or lanyard loop,
. cut outs for the import safety and lanyard loop,
. target type with thumb rest,
. right and left handed sets,
. unfinished (to allow people to finish themselves),
. very thin grips for those who conceal carry. In this situation I would go with fiberglass resin impregnated grips for added strength. I did this to the two sets I posted on the akforum and they turned out very nicely. Wiped the excess off and all you see is wood. No glossy shine.

So what do you think?
Anyone have any comments or suggestions?

If I make these for sale, is there even a market for these?
I eventually want to make wood grips for other Zastava's models, but will have to start out slow with one model.

I'll shut up now if someone will give a hand here

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Are you sure there is enough of a market for M57 Tok style grips?

If there is, in addition to a desire for prettier wood grips, I expect people would want them to be a bit thicker and cover more of the frame as opposed to the minimal grips these guns come with.

Advertising is going to be quite important for you, of course.
 
Old 09-08-2013, 05:38 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply.

I am hoping to sell enough m57 grips to advance to another pistol model. My goal is to end up with a cz99.

If I can get access to a computer today I will post pics of the grips I have completed. They cover the holes left when I removed the import safety and lanyard loop.
Although the hole for the safety is so close to the edge of the frame there is no way to conceal the hole completely.

Also, as far as fatter grips, one of the sets has the right side a little thicker. It allows for a more comfortable hold in my experience.
 
 
Old 09-08-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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You might do a wrap around grip that has a swell at the rear to make things more ergonomic. The tok isn't a natural pointer by any stretch of the imagination.
 
Old 09-09-2013, 04:52 AM   #5
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I finally got access to a computer. I cannot resize the pics so I gave direct links instead. Noone like pics that take up the whole screen.

These grips are American walnut, fiberglass resin impregnated, with Polish hardware.
The last pic shows the inside, which was done by hand and is not pretty. If I can make a jig for use with the routing table I'm sure I can improve on that.
PICS: This first set is contoured to be comfortable in my hand. No forethought other than to make it easy to hold.
http://i.imgur.com/04Gw4EV.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5spJZ6s.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/j4BoZd1.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zh7RBss.jpg
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This second set I tried to go as thin as I could, considering the length of the rivet.
I also wanted to get the lok of it a little more appeal than just straight and flat.
The edge has reverse curves for aesthetics. In that, people subconsciously find reverse curves appealing, plus repetition in design is another method of keeping people's attention.
http://i.imgur.com/wFEJYx9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/g2Nz1RZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LACzSZc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/c4V0tzt.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/eOhmIJ8.jpg
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judge sam,
I had thought about wrap arounds. That might take me a little more experimenting as far as comfort is concerned. It should be doable, though.
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OH MY GOD! I appalogize for the billboard size pics. WhenI viewed the links on my son's computer they weren't that huge.
Maybe they only appear this big on the Wii. I hope.

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Old 09-09-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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Your pix are huge on my monitor, although I can sure see detail!

It would be good to have the rivet heads covered with some kind of escutcheon or medallion.

You may need to offer checkering.
 
Old 09-10-2013, 05:14 AM   #7
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I should change my screen name to skywriter.

Checkering is something I would like to get into. That would be a handy skill, indeed.
But if it requires the purchase of machinery I'm afraid I'm a little too poor right now.
 
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